Soft play boost

Catcote School and Enterprize College teacher Tracey Kelly and student Dylan Stoker in the new sopt play area.
Catcote School and Enterprize College teacher Tracey Kelly and student Dylan Stoker in the new sopt play area.

YOUNGSTERS at a town secondary school are celebrating a new soft play area thanks to a generous £6,000 donation.

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, has been able to create the new space thanks to the generosity of Epilepsy Outlook.

Staff, students and a representative from Epilepsy Outlook were at the official launch, with the headteacher saying the area has been a “huge hit” with the children already.

The children have already been exploring the new space.

Alan Chapman, headteacher at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, said: “Our new soft play area has been a huge success with the students.

“They have lots of fun climbing and exploring in it.

“We have found it to be a great medium for learning through play. It also provides some students with a calming, safe space to relax or for others to be active during break times.

“Outside agencies visiting the school can also use the soft play area to interact with the children in a fun setting.

“Many thanks to the people at Epilepsy Outlook for providing the funding for this new facility for Catcote.”

It comes just a few weeks after a £6,000 donation from the Lord’s Taverners allowed the school to create a new sensory room, which has also proved really popular.

That room is mainly used by children in Class 6 but youngsters from across the school can go and take advantage of the room, which has switches, controls, tunnels and strings of lights.

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College is a secondary, co-educational special school for 111 learners with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Some of the youngsters may also have autism spectrum disorder or additional sensory and physical impairments, language and communication difficulties while others may present some challenging behaviours.